One should not consider redistribution as a negative. Much of the passive income of the wealthy is nothing more than the wages not paid you for your intellect and service. Absent redistribution, our economic system is biased to the top and ultimately converges to complete wealth extraction from those without pricing power.
I had two interactions recently that I found probative. One was from a 71-year-old Democrat and the other from a millennial activist who never voted for a Democratic candidate but has become a Democrat because of how effective #DemEnter has been in the 2018 cycle.
The 71-year-old wrote the following rather lengthy comment on a recent post.
I'm wondering if Biden is ahead already in the polls simply because of name recognition/familiarity. I have to say, voting for him feels like a step back into more "establishment politics," something the 2016 election showed us most Americans are tired of and don't trust, for many reasons, and regardless of party. It seems like most of America doesn't want combative/adversarial politics, entrenched and rigid partisan (partial) views of life, unbalanced domination by any one party (as if one party has all the answers for all of America; doesn't and can't). Many independents, at least, are done with the power-hungry politics known as the Republican/Democrat duopoly. We need politics that considers the whole strata of our population: rich and poor, educated and uneducated, young and old, our whole society. There's too many limited, narrow-minded, old-school thinkers in politics, too many out for their own personal, short-sighted gain.
I'm 71 and am more drawn to the messages and thinking of candidates like Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Beto O'Rourke (so far) in that they're more about moving forward more than moving leftist or rightist, taking the best of both major parties, more than being just centrist, a higher view of sorts. It makes sense in the very complex country/world we live in. BTW, where are all the potential Republican candidates? Only one, Bill Weld, seems to have the willingness/courage to take on Trump. What's up with that? Does the Republican party believe Trump is their best hope? Really? Is there no vision among them?
Back to Biden. Do we really want another big-money-sponsored candidate? More same-old same old establishment politics? Besides, I don't think he has the political wits to face Trump effectively.
The millennial activist who recently appeared on one of our Politics Done Right shows fears a Trump reelection. But she somewhat fears a centrist Democrat more.
If a centrist or neoliberal like Joe Biden is elected and his administration maintains the status quo, it would leave the door open for the next Trump, a fascist on steroids. That is an outcome neither the United States of America or the world could survive.
While generations apart, there is some symmetry in what these two voters are saying. They both want to look forward policy-wise. While the older gentleman gives the impression of being centrist, he did not pick the most centrist candidates running. It is clear a populist candidate can bust the
inevitability bubble that reflects the need to run a centrist candidate which is likely to alienate Generation Zs, millennials, and young Gen Xers.
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